NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Construction is underway on two affordable housing developments on the East End of Long Island. In Speonk, 38 multi-family units will be ready for rent in time for the summer and in Riverhead, work on more than 100 units is expected to be finished by this time next year.
Both focus on transit-oriented development - a key component that officials say is needed in Suffolk County.
"These kinds developments will help us grow in a way that allows us to keep young people here and helps to keep cars off the road so we can make transportation more accessible," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
The two projects are part of the county’s beautification and revitalization efforts in the Town of Riverhead. The cost more than $4 million, money well spent according to those who feel Riverhead has been in need of a lift.
"The town’s fathers feel that with more people living downtown, more people will be walking, buying and purchasing dinners and visiting shops," said John Bagshaw with Bagshaw Real Estate.
People Fox 5 News spoke with say the East End is a beautiful place but not everyone can afford the high cost of living.
"There isn’t enough," said one person. "You have your fire and police departments and they all need a place to go. They don’t make a lot money."
Studio, one and two bedroom apartments will be available for rent. There’s no age restrictions, however income requirements must be met. Prices will start around $950 a month.